Samsung joins the queue of iPad killers

Steve Dinneen
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Samsung’s first tablet computer will go on sale in two weeks, it said yesterday, joining the hunt to challenge Apple’s iPad.

Global handset vendors and PC makers including Nokia, LG and Hewlett-Packard are moving into the new category of devices, between traditional PCs and smartphones, taking a cue from Apple.

Dell said last month it was launching its new tablet device called the Dell Streak to US customers.

Samsung declined to give the price of Galaxy Tab, saying it will depend on operator packages in different countries.

The device is understood to be smaller than Apple’s 9.7 inch iPad. Analysts say price will be the key issue if Samsung is to compete.